Directed By: Andrew Davis
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Morgan Freeman, Brian Cox, Fred Ward, Kevin Dunn, Joanna Cassidy, Chelcie Ross, Nicholas Rudall, Tzi Ma, Krzysztof Pieczynski, et. al.
Shortly after a successful test of a green energy generator, University of Chicago undergrad student Eddie Kasalavich returns to the lab he’s working out of to find his professor murdered and the energy prototype set to overload. With the FBI attempting to arrest him for murder and espionage, Eddie goes on the run with the only person who believes him to be innocent of the crime, fellow researcher Dr. Lily Sinclair, who appears to have also been framed. Together they attempt to gather evidence that proves their innocence while forces both inside and outside the law attempt to track them down.
So far as spy-ish thrillers go, this one hold up fairly well. While far from perfect, a storyline involving a new, clean energy source and the desire to keep it away from the general public is something that’s still applicable in today’s society, especially as we currently try to seek out alternative energy sources to stop dependence on fossil fuels. The reasoning behind the bad guys’ wanting to destroy such an energy source is typically financially motivated, as they try to make it out to be for the benefit of the global economy. The fact that they don’t come off as complete crazies, even now, shows how strongly written and acted it is.
Some of the effects haven’t held up very well over the years, but a surprising number of them have. The background filler remains mostly unnoticeable.
Pretty much anyone looking for a decent action/thriller should like this movie. As stated before, the story is fairly solid and holds up surprisingly well, though I can’t say much about the science. It was also interesting to see Morgan Freeman play against type as one of the bad guys, thought he does keep his hands clean throughout the majority of the movie.
Chain Reaction isn’t currently available free to stream anywhere, but it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, as well as purchased through any participating store or online retailer.
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